AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Consolidation Working Group, charged with guiding and informing efforts related to the consolidation of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences Universities, is reviewing potential names for the new university. The group is expected to narrow the list to three by the end of July, and submit those to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, who are expected to make the final naming decision at their August meeting.
A Branding Work Team, with representatives from both institutions, culled the list from public input, research on top-100 American Universities and market research.
“The name should be future-focused. We’re thinking about the next fifty years and beyond.” said GHSU President Ricardo Azziz. “It is a central part of our identity and will influence the opinions of all who come in contact with us. If we aspire to be one of the nation’s great universities, we have to look like one, act like one, and sound like one.”
Following extensive public input and market research, the names the Branding Work Team suggested to the Consolidation Working Group today are:
George Walton University
Georgia National University
Georgia Regents University
University of Augusta
“This is very much a work in progress,” said Azziz. “And the final decision rests with the Board of Regents. They will choose the name.”
The new university, which will be headed by Azziz, will be a more than one billion dollar enterprise, with state-wide and national reach. It will include nine colleges, nearly 10,000 students, more than 650 acres of campus and nearly 150 buildings, more than 1,000 full-time faculty, an aligned, integrated and well managed health system, and a growing athletics program that includes back-to-back NCAA Division I national championships.